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Are Friendly Farmers Environmentally Friendly? Effect of Community Involvement on Environmental Awareness

Abdul Munasib () and Jeffrey Jordan ()
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Abdul Munasib: Oklahoma State University

No 801, Economics Working Paper Series from Oklahoma State University, Department of Economics and Legal Studies in Business

Abstract: We study if community involvement makes an individual more environmentally friendly. An individual with greater attachment to the community is likely to be more socially responsible. They are also more likely to have better exposure and access to information about the importance of the environment and environmentally friendly practices. Using associational memberships as a measure of community involvement we study its effects on agricultural practices among Georgia farmers. Our findings showed that, first, community involvement had a positive effect on the decision to adopt environmentally friendly agricultural practices, and, secondly, it also had a positive effect on the extent to which farmers adopt these practices. These findings establish an additional dimension to the benefits that would accrue to policies that promote social interaction and civic engagement in rural areas associated with farming.

Keywords: Membership; community involvement; social capital; environmentally friendly agriculture; endogenous regressor. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q2 Q3 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2008
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